New YorkKeith Haring’s Greatest Hits: The Pop Shop Drawings
Sotheby’s is thrilled to present an online sale featuring a rare, unique group of 12 original drawings by Keith Haring. Known as the “Pop Shop Drawings,” these works from 1985 are the iconic images that served as the underlying artwork for Haring’s famous Pop Shop silkscreen prints and other Pop Shop merchandise that transformed his practice into a beloved, global cultural phenomenon.
The 12 drawings to be offered by Sotheby’s present the most significant images from Haring’s visual alphabet: including best buddies, barking dogs, acrobats, and dancers. Each measuring 11 by 14 inches, these equally-sized ink on paper compositions showcase a comprehensive overview of Haring’s characters and motifs that underpin his specific interest in the socio-political themes of his time.
Established in 1986, Haring’s Pop Shop was located in a storefront on Lafayette Street in Lower Manhattan. Here Haring sold both his art and merchandise, seeking to bridge the gap between the worlds of fine art and commercial art, ultimately bringing his work to a wider audience and making it more accessible. Haring saw his Pop Shop as a portal that allowed a multitude of people around the world to have unprecedented access to his art. In his own words, “The Pop Shop makes my work accessible. It’s about participation on a big level.”
Now presented publicly for the first time since their creation on September 4 1985, these 12 Pop Shop drawings come together this March for a museum-quality exhibition at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York. Together, these works provide a cohesive window into the genius of Keith Haring and the celebrated images that launched his career in the 1980s and continue to define his legacy both now and in years to come.
Following the guidelines for the Phase Four reopening of Manhattan, we are able to accommodate clients in our building by appointment only. The exhibition for this sale will open on 5 March and will close on 14 March at 1 pm. To schedule an appointment please click here or contact appointmentsNY@sothebys.com or +1 212 606 7171. You can read more about our safety requirements here.
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